Just as panic's over, someone steals their car
Only hours after fearing his fiancee and unborn baby would not survive the night, Nathan Thompson walked out of Christchurch Women's Hospital to find his car gone.
A routine visit from the midwife had turned into a mad dash to the hospital for his fiancee, Shannon Weir. After trying to give birth naturally, complications arose and the situation took a turn for the worse.
"Shannon said there was something wrong and I could see it in her eyes," Thompson said. "They lost the baby's heartbeat."
About 15 doctors flooded the room and Weir was taken in for an emergency caesarean.
Thompson feared they might not make it. However, at 11.43pm their son Carter entered the world safe and sound.
Having spent the whole night inside the hospital, it was not until 11am on Friday when Thompson left to pick up the couple's 2-year-old son, Koen, so he could meet his baby brother.
"You go from thinking you're losing your missus and your unborn baby and then everything is fine, you walk outside and some bastard has stolen your car," he said.
"It was a pretty emotional night."
The car contained the baby seat, gifts from friends and family for Carter, and family heirlooms collected from a grandmother. "Those, you can't ever replace."
Thompson and Weir are now faced with buying a new car. Thompson, a pre-cast concreter from Australia is working on the rebuild and transport to work is vital. Weir has a series of follow-up appointments with doctors because of complications after the birth, not to mention a new baby and a 2-year-old son to care for.
"We're just gonna have to bite the bullet and sort it out," Thompson said.
It was unlikely the couple would be able to afford their wedding, planned for November.
"Carter's doing really well though, better than both of us put together I think. The support we've had has been great."
Thompson's car, a maroon Nissan Bluebird, was stolen from Oxford Tce near Christchurch Hospital between 9pm Thursday and 11am Friday. Any information on the car's whereabouts or any information about the theft can be reported to Christchurch Central Station on (03) 363 7400 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.